We had the pleasure of speaking with Teddy Adlington-Stringer ahead of his upcoming title defence tonight at Almighty Fighting Championship 25.
Almighty FC 25 takes place in the Metrodome in Barnsley in an event which will be sure to deliver.
Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Teddy Adlington-Stringer
I believe Saturday night will be your 19th walk as an amateur. Is it second nature by this point? Are the feelings still the same in each fight?
Every time it’s better than I remembered the last time out. I love every minute hence why I’m 19 fights deep. The experience of fighting is completely unrivalled and something I thrive on.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt as an experienced amateur, and how would you sum up your amateur career thus far?
It’s hard to pinpoint any particular lesson. But looking at where I’m at now, I think so many small lessons have influenced my game to a point where I consider myself the best amateur in the UK and certainly ahead of many pros.
On the topic of experience, how much do you feel experience will play a factor in this bout with Kyle having only four fights inside the Cage?
He’s less experienced but I’m not banking on experience to pull me through. I think my skill set is much more well rounded and ultimately better than Kyle’s. That should be the biggest factor in this fight.
With all that experience comes valuable lessons, and much needed cage time. How much longer can we expect to see you competing as an amateur before turning to the pro-ranks? Has that been a conversation you and your coaches have spoken about prior to Saturday’s fight?
We have a plan for the rest of the year. There’s gonna be a few more amateurs as we are planning on one last IMMAF tournament before heading to the pro ranks. I’m only 21 so there is no rush at all.
Touching on your last fight with Loughran. That was an incredible performance against a tough unbeaten fighter. Did you feel the same, and where do you hold that win out of all of them?
That win felt like my cleanest performance to date and reflects how much better I am than the rest of the division. Tiarnan was a tough opponent but that fight was made to look easy.
What does it mean to you to not only be a champion, but to have defended the belt as well?
Defending the belt solidifies me as the no. 1 lightweight. It feels good to have the bounty on my head and all the others in the division chasing that belt.
Where are the biggest improvements in terms of your skill-set you feel you have made since the Loughran fight?
Training out in Dubai ahead of this fight I’ve made several leaps in my skill set. But I feel like my striking has grown massively training under Milano at Strong MMA Dubai.
Your opponent on Saturday in Kyle Davies comes from a solid gym. What do you know about him, if anything? Have you watched any of him since the fight’s been announced? What are your thoughts?
I know he’s from a solid gym. Thai background. But my mindset is clear. Whoever it is in there it doesn’t matter to me, I’ll do me and results come from that.
What can those in attendance, and those tuning in on PPV expect to see from Teddy Adlington-Stringer on Saturday night?
Respectfully, I’m gonna smash this guy.
Featured image credits to @teddystringer on Instagram